The second week of the Divine Feminine Yoga Telesummit is coming to a close and it’s been amazing.
I once heard a teacher say yoga was not supposed to be a coping mechanism but a way to transcend our mortal suffering. At the time I was unsettled by this– did I really want to negate reality, after all? What about experiencing the fullness of life, of all it has to offer, the good and the bad? As Judith Lasater mentioned on the telesummit call over the weekend, “I don’t want to transcend anything, I want to integrate everything.”
This is at the heart of the divine feminine principle. In yoga, the divine feminine is the energy of creation and furthermore, the energy of human existence itself. It’s what allows us to be alive in our bodies– the embodying aspect of life. After all, women are the ones who give birth. And what about the term “mother earth?”
The goddess energy is the energy of intuition, nurturing, sustenance, regeneration— again the connection to birth and mother earth. Feminine energy is what makes us alive in human form. It’s beyond gender, beyond any preconceived notions of femininity. In other words, it is not just a women’s thing but a human thing.
For example, energy is considered feminine while awareness or consciousness is considered masculine. You can’t separate them out and say you’re either feminine or masculine; they go together. Something can’t exist without being aware of it and you can’t be aware of something that doesn’t exist (can you?)
Rather than living as an ascetic in a cave, honoring the divine feminine is about finding freedom in our daily lives here on planet earth, not trying to escape our existence. It’s a radical embrace of our humanity or as Judith Lasater also wisely said, rejoicing in “humanity’s divinity rather than an objective divinity that rejects our humanness.”
You can download the calls for the Divine Feminine Yoga Telesummit here.